The impact of social networking site use on body image dissatisfaction and Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Francesca Ryding is a PhD student at Nottingham Trent University, researching the influence of social networking sites on Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

Research has shown that the use of social networking sites can impact body dissatisfaction; however there is a lack of research looking at how social networking can impact Body Dysmorphic Disorder symptoms. The main aim of this research is to investigate features of social networking sites that can lead to the potential development and/or maintenance of Body Dysmorphic Disorder symptoms.

This study is looking for both men and women over the age of 18, who use the social networking site platform Instagram and (i) identify with the experience of Body Dysmorphic Disorder or (ii) have been given a diagnosis of Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

The study will consist of questionnaires (which can be sent over email) and an interview (which can be done over Skype or phone). Overall, the study will last approximately an hour and a half. 

Please contact Francesca Ryding on if you are interested in participating.

Please also see the attached Information Sheet.